UN Offices

Medical Officer

UN Offices

Job Description

The United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) is the UN headquarters in Africa and the Director-General of UNON is the representative of the Secretary-General in Kenya. UNON supports programme implementation of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP),the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the Resident Coordination System (RCS) globally, as well as other UN offices in Kenya, by providing administrative, security, conference and information services (www.unon.org).The post is located in UNON Human Resources Management Service, Joint Medical Service. Under the direct supervision of Chief, Joint Medical Service, the incumbent is responsible for:

Responsibilities

1. CLINICAL DUTIES: (a) Coordinate the clinical management of UN patients admitted at the COVID treatment facility operated by The Nairobi Hospital.

(b) Assist with the coordination of medical evacuations, emergencies etc. ensures effective liaison between patient and private doctor, paramedics, family members, and colleagues as appropriate.

(c) Coordinate with relevant ministry of health teams, The Nairobi Hospital teams, UN medical services teams, contracted service providers and partners in contact tracking and surveillance for Covid-19 cases, testing, treatment and prevention activities.

(d) Perform day-to-day clinical duties, e.g. attending to walk- in clinic.

(e) Pre- placement and periodic medical examinations.

(f) Immunizations, travel advice.

(g) Refer staff to and follow up with outside specialists as necessary.

(h) Provide health education and medical counseling to clients.

(i) organize/participate in addressing work environment and occupational health issues.

(j) Emergency response on 24/7 basis, as and when required; be on call during and outside office hours to observe and treat emergencies in the clinic.

(k) Undertake house calls and hospital rounds when required.

2. MEDICO-ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES: (a) Liaise with other dispensaries and host-nation medical facilities.

(b) Follow the United Nations established policies and procedures regarding medical clearances, sick leave and medical evacuations.

(c) Recommend medical evacuation when required.

(d) Responsible for all paperwork and reporting procedures for medical evacuations in line with UN Rules and procedures.

(e) Ensure proper follow up on all cases.

(f) Application of terms of reference in Administration manuals for rules and regulations regarding UN clinic operations.

(g) Responsible for the supervision and distribution of work for the nurses and other staff assigned to the fever clinic.

(h) Responsible for establishing good relations with reliable hospitals, private medical facilities and blood banks.

3. SUPERVISORY ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES: (a) Ensure that appropriate Training Programs relating to COVID-19 are implemented in order to maintain and develop the medical capabilities (e.g. health awareness, COVID-19 prevention, isolation and quarantine, hospital transfer).

(b) Undertake medical clearance according to UN guidelines and procedures.

(c) Undertake 'outpatient' treatment and immunization requirements.

(d) Responsible for regular reporting on clinic activities, medical facilities available locally and other statistical information as may be required.

(e) Perform other related duties as required.

Competencies

PROFESSIONALISM: Demonstrated knowledge and hands on experience in clinical medicine; Shows pride in work and in achievements; Demonstrates professional competence and mastery of subject matter; Is conscientious and efficient in meeting commitments, observing deadlines and achieving results; Is motivated by professional rather than personal concerns; Shows persistence when faced with difficult problems or challenges; Remains calm in stressful situations. Commitment to implementing the goal of gender equality by ensuring the equal participation and full involvement of women and men in all aspects of work.

PLANNING AND ORGANIZING: Develops clear goals that are consistent with agreed strategies; Identifies priority activities and assignments; adjusts priorities as required; allocates appropriate amount of time and resources for completing work; foresees risks and allows for contingencies when planning; monitors and adjusts plans and actions as necessary; uses time efficiently.

JUDGEMENT AND DECISION MAKING: Identifies the key issues in a complex situation, and comes to the heart of the problem quickly; Gathers relevant information before making a decision Considers positive and negative impacts of decisions prior to making them; Takes decisions with an eye to the impact on others and on the Organization; Proposes a course of action or makes a recommendation based on all available information; Checks assumptions against facts; Determines that the actions proposed will satisfy the expressed and underlying needs for the decision; Makes tough decisions when necessary.

Education

An advanced university degree (Master’s degree or equivalent) in medicine (MBChB / MMed/ MPH) or in a related area is required. Must be Registered with Kenya Medical and Dental Practitioners Board. A post-graduate diploma in infectious diseases is desirable. A first-level university degree in combination with two additional years of qualifying experience may be accepted in lieu of the advanced degree.

Work Experience

A minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in the medical field or related area is required.

At least two years experience working in emergency medical field (e.g. working in ICU / CCU/ A&E/ Ambulance operations etc.) is required.

Experience in the use MS Office software and used of databases is required.

At least two (2) years experience in managing infectious diseases is desirable.

Languages

English and French are the working languages of the United Nations Secretariat. For the position advertised, fluency in oral and written English is required. Fluency in Swahili or Kiswahili is required.

NOTE: "fluency equals a rating of "fluent" in all four areas (read, write, speak, understand) and " Knowledge of" equals a rating of " confident" in two of the four areas.

Assessment

Evaluation of qualified applicants may include an assessment exercise which may be followed by a competency based interview.

Special Notice

• This position is temporarily available for a period of 11 months and is open for nationals of Kenya ONLY. If the selected candidate is a staff member from the United Nations Secretariat, the selection will be administered as a temporary assignment.

• While this temporary assignment may provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to gain new work experience, the selection for this position is for a limited period and has no bearing on the future incumbency of the post.

• Subject to the funding source of the position, the eligibility for this temporary job opening may be limited to candidates based at the duty station.

• This temporary job opening may be limited to “internal candidates,” who have been recruited through a competitive examination administered according to staff rule 4.16 or staff selection process including the review of a central review body established according to staff rule 4.15.

• Staff members of the United Nations common system organizations who will reach the mandatory age of separation or retirement within the duration of the current temporary need period are not eligible to apply. Submitting an application or selection for the current temporary job opening does not delay or increase the mandatory age of separation.

• Internal Applicants – when completing the PHP, ensure ALL fields, ALL professional experience and contact information are completed and up to date. This information is the basis for the hiring manager to assess your eligibility and suitability for the position and to contact you.

• Retirees above the mandatory age of separation who wish to be considered for the current temporary job opening must indicate the reason for their last separation as "retirement." Such retirees shall not be employed by the Organization, unless (a) the operational requirements of the Organization cannot be met by staff members who are qualified and available to perform the required functions; and (b) the proposed employment would not adversely affect the Career Development or redeployment opportunities of other staff members and represents both a cost-effective and operationally sound solution to meet the needs of the service.

United Nations Considerations

According to article 101, paragraph 3, of the Charter of the United Nations, the paramount consideration in the employment of the staff is the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. Candidates will not be considered for employment with the United Nations if they have committed violations of International Human Rights law, violations of international humanitarian law, sexual exploitation, sexual abuse, or sexual harassment, or if there are reasonable grounds to believe that they have been involved in the commission of any of these acts. The term “sexual exploitation” means any actual or attempted abuse of a position of vulnerability, differential power, or trust, for sexual purposes, including, but not limited to, profiting monetarily, socially or politically from the sexual exploitation of another. The term “sexual abuse” means the actual or threatened physical intrusion of a sexual nature, whether by force or under unequal or coercive conditions. The term “sexual harassment” means any unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that might reasonably be expected or be perceived to cause offence or humiliation, when such conduct interferes with work, is made a condition of employment or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, and when the gravity of the conduct warrants the termination of the perpetrator’s working relationship. Candidates who have committed crimes other than minor traffic offences may not be considered for employment.

Due regard will be paid to the importance of recruiting the staff on as wide a geographical basis as possible. The United Nations places no restrictions on the eligibility of men and women to participate in any capacity and under conditions of equality in its principal and subsidiary organs. The United Nations Secretariat is a non-smoking environment.

The paramount consideration in the appointment, transfer, or promotion of staff shall be the necessity of securing the highest standards of efficiency, competence, and integrity. By accepting an offer of appointment, United Nations staff members are subject to the authority of the Secretary-General and assignment by him or her to any activities or offices of the United Nations in accordance with staff regulation 1.2 (c). In this context, all internationally recruited staff members shall be required to move periodically to discharge new functions within or across duty stations under conditions established by the Secretary-General.

Applicants are urged to follow carefully all instructions available in the online recruitment platform, inspira. For more detailed guidance, applicants may refer to the Manual for the Applicant, which can be accessed by clicking on “Manuals” hyper-link on the upper right side of the inspira account-holder homepage.

The evaluation of applicants will be conducted on the basis of the information submitted in the application according to the evaluation criteria of the job opening and the applicable internal legislations of the United Nations including the Charter of the United Nations, resolutions of the General Assembly, the Staff Regulations and Rules, administrative issuances and guidelines. Applicants must provide complete and accurate information pertaining to their personal profile and qualifications according to the instructions provided in inspira to be considered for the current job opening. No amendment, addition, deletion, revision or modification shall be made to applications that have been submitted. Candidates under serious consideration for selection will be subject to reference checks to verify the information provided in the application.

Job openings advertised on the Careers Portal will be removed at 11:59 p.m. (New York time) on the deadline date.

No Fee

THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CHARGE A FEE AT ANY STAGE OF THE RECRUITMENT PROCESS (APPLICATION, INTERVIEW MEETING, PROCESSING, OR TRAINING). THE UNITED NATIONS DOES NOT CONCERN ITSELF WITH INFORMATION ON APPLICANTS’ BANK ACCOUNTS.

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